WHO’S HAUTE? THURSDAYS: JOZY ALTIDORE
As an integral member of the U.S. National Soccer Team, Jozy Altidore helped the squad qualify for the upcoming 2010 World Cup in South Africa. This 19-year old striker was the youngest U.S. player to score in the Major League Soccer (MLS) play-offs, in his first international game and in a World Cup Qualifier. He is also the youngest U.S. player to record a hat trick. Jozy was part of the team at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and he has recently been loaned to the Hull City team of the English Premier League (from the Villarreal team of the Spanish Primera Division and the U.S. National Team) for the 2009/2010 season.
Once a New York City resident, Jozy has admitted that he loves the city’s bright lights and his favorite thing to do in NYC is to go shopping. Lately, you probably haven’t seen him roaming the city streets, but it’s likely that you have seen him in the Adidas “Impossible is Nothing” ad campaign. He is one of the stars featured in the ads, alongside fellow soccer stud David Beckham. The campaign focuses on the challenges and struggles faced by a variety of athletes and Jozy’s participation is a huge step in helping to bring some recognition to U.S. Soccer.
Some say Jozy has the potential to become the next big thing, the “LeBron James of soccer,” who will shine not only on the field but who could also become a media icon. And the sport of American soccer could use an exciting young superstar like Jozy, who can attract new fans and capture the attention of up-and-coming players.
Jozy Altidore is Who’s Haute.